A one-day conference - with the same speakers and content repeated the next day

Some children and young people ride the rollercoaster of life more easily than others. Trauma passes down the generations and affects both them, their families and the communities they live in.

Young Hearts & Minds is a one-day conference for those who work with children and young people and who have a passion for their well-being and mental health.

The teaching & learning will help enhance your resilience under pressure and will give you knowledge and skills to take back to your place of work or community that will make a difference to the lives of children and young people.

Together we can be the change!


Learn from the world’s leading experts on how to reduce and treat the effects of childhood adversity.

Become trauma-informed and trauma-responsive by understanding what trauma does to young people.

Hear how it can be healed and how to act to help prevent it.

Develop effective interventions and conversational tools at experiential sessions with local organisations that will make a difference on the ground.


Tickets for both days are now available, please choose which day....

See below speakers that have been confirmed, more to follow...

Dan Siegel

Clinical professor of psychiatry and author
Dan Siegel

Clinical professor of psychiatry and author

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. He is currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, founding co-director of UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, founding co-investigator at the UCLA Center for Culture, Brain and Development, and executive director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational center devoted to promoting insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, institutions, and communities.

Dr. Siegel’s psychotherapy practice spans thirty years, and he has published extensively for the professional audience. He serves as the Founding Editor for the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology which includes over 70 textbooks. Dr. Siegel’s books include his five New York Times bestsellers: Aware: The science and practice of presence; Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human, and two books with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.: The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline. His other books include: The Power of Showing Up also with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., The Developing Mind, The Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, Mindsight, The Mindful Brain, The Mindful Therapist, Parenting from the Inside Out (with Mary Hartzell, M.Ed.), The Yes Brain (also with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D). He has been invited to lecture for the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Google University, and TEDx. For more information about his educational programs and resources, please visit: www.DrDanSiegel.com and www.mindsightinstitute.com.

Bessel van der Kolk

Psychiatrist, Author and Educator
Bessel van der Kolk

Psychiatrist, Author and Educator

Bessel A. van der Kolk M.D. has been active as a clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of posttraumatic stress and related phenomena since the 1970s. His work integrates developmental, biological, psychodynamic and interpersonal aspects of the impact of trauma and its treatment. His book Psychological Trauma was the first integrative text on the subject, painting the far-ranging impact of trauma on the entire person and the range of therapeutic issues which need to be addressed for recovery. He is also the author of many other books on the subject including “The Body Keeps The Score”.

Dr. van der Kolk and his various collaborators have published extensively on the impact of trauma on development, such as dissociative problems, borderline personality and self-mutilation, cognitive development in traumatized children and adults, and the psychobiology of trauma. He was co-principal investigator of the DSM IV Field Trials for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. His current research is on how trauma affects memory processes and brain imaging studies of PTSD.

A former Harvard Medical School professor of psychiatry, Bessel van der Kolk has served as president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, medical director of the Trauma Center at JRI in Brookline, Massachusetts, director of the Complex trauma Network within the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, and professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. He also serves as a Senior Fellow at The Meadows drug rehab and psychological trauma treatment center in Arizona.

Sue Carter

Professor of Psychiatry and Co-Director of the Brain/Body Center, University of Illinois at Chicago
Sue Carter

Professor of Psychiatry and Co-Director of the Brain/Body Center, University of Illinois at Chicago

C. Sue Carter, PhD is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University where she was the former Director of the Kinsey Institute and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she co-directed the Brain-Body Center in the Department of Psychiatry. She formerly held the position of Distinguished University Professor of Biology at the University of Maryland and prior to that was Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Ecology, Ethology and Evolution at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Carter is past president of the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society and holds fellow status in that Society and in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is a former recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Award. She has authored more than 300 peer reviewed publications that have been cited over 25,000 and has edited 5 books including “Attachment and Bonding: A New Synthesis” (MIT Press, 2006).  Dr. Carter discovered the important role that oxytocin plays in establishment of social bonds and parental behavior.

Margot Sunderland

Author and Child Mental Health Expert
Margot Sunderland

Author and Child Mental Health Expert

Dr Margot Sunderland is Co- Director of Trauma Informed Schools UK, Director of Education and Training at The Centre for Child Mental Health London, Honorary Visiting Fellow at London Metropolitan University, Senior Associate Member of the Royal College of Medicine, and Child Psychotherapist with over thirty years experience of working with children, teenagers and families. Margot is the author of over twenty books in the field of child mental health, which collectively have been translated into eighteen languages and published in twenty-four countries.  Her internationally acclaimed book, “What Every Parent Needs to Know” (Dorling Kindersley) won a First Prize in the British Medical Association Medical Book awards and has been voted as one of the best brain books of our time by The Dana Foundation. Dr Sunderland has been studying the neuroscience of adult- child relationships for 17 years.  Trauma informed Schools UK has provided trauma informed training to school staff in  over 500 schools in the UK and to over 1000 students at Sheffield Hallam University ( teacher training at every level).

Jade Irwin

Vice President of the YMCA National Executive Committee
Jade Irwin

Vice President of the YMCA National Executive Committee

Jade Irwin currently works for The Fostering Network and is the Vice President of the YMCA National Executive Committee. Jade has relayed that she drinks copious amounts of coffee, and thoroughly enjoys a long walk listening to a good podcast. She is passionate about nurturing environments both inside and outside work, the processes of rupture and repair in professional and personal relationships, and in regulation of self and co-regulation with others. 

Jade will be introducing some effective tools for our nurture toolkit, to aid self compassion and self care, with a particular focus upon music and breathing. Jade assures us that this slot will be full of light-hearted fun and laughter.

Éadaoin Bhreathnach

Occupational Therapist & Attachment Counsellor
Éadaoin Bhreathnach

Occupational Therapist & Attachment Counsellor

Éadaoin Bhreathnach is an Occupational Therapist & Attachment Counsellor, based in Northern Ireland. She is a visiting Lecturer on the M.Sc. Attachment Studies Course, University of Roehampton, London. Éadaoin developed her clinical model Sensory Attachment Intervention (SAI) as a result of working with children and adults who were resistant to intervention. She identified that when sensory regulation was done with the support of attachment figures, it enabled both self and co-regulation.  Éadaoin is the author of the Scared Gang Series. The characters help children and parents recognise their survival patterns and how to achieve regulation through the use of food and play.

Schedule for both days

More detail on the programme to come...

22 or 23 June 2020

  • Registration
    08.30 - 09.15
  • Welcome by Member of Action Trauma Team
    09.15 - 09.30
  • Keynote 1 - Bessel Van Der Kolk Understand & Recognising The Long Term Impact of Early Trauma
    09.30 - 10.45
  • Keynote 2 - Dr Margot Sunderland Demystify mental health & empowering professionals working with young people to know how to relate and what to say to children and teenagers are suffering from mental health problems.
    10.45 - 11.45
  • Practical Workshop Effective interventions & conversational tools for children using art/music/nutrition Part 1
    Jade Irwin from The Fostering Network - Facilitating Music workshop
    New Life Counselling - Facilitating Art Workshop - Name TBC
    Colin Loughran from AMH - Facilitating Nutrition workshop
    11.45 - 12.15
  • Lunch Break
    12.15 - 12.45
  • Keynote 3 - Eadaoin Bhreathnach How to Enable Narrative Expression and Affect Regulation
    12.45 - 14.00
  • Keynote 4 - Sue Carter The Healing Power of Love: How oxytocin protects from stress and trauma
    14.00 - 15.00
  • Break & Networking
    15.00 - 15.15
  • Keynote 5 - Dan Siegel Flipping Your Lid - A practical guide to self-regulation & co-regulation
    15.15 - 16.30
  • Practical Workshop Effective interventions & conversational tools for children using technology/breathing/dance& drama Part 2
    Jade Irwin from The Fostering Network - Facilitating Breathing workshop
    New Life Counselling - Facilitating Dance & Drama workshop - Meabh Ivers
    16.30 - 17.15
  • Conference Finish
    17.15 - 17.30
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